Ashley Cooke Celebrates Career-First No. 1 With ‘Your Place’

“Thank you to every single person who’s had a hand in getting this thing up the chart,” Cooke shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 24, 2024


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Ashley Cooke; Photo by Robby Klein

Ashley Cooke has landed her first-ever No. 1 on country radio with her empowering breakup anthem, “Your Place.”

The song claimed the No.1 spot on the Country Aircheck/MediaBase chart this week, securing Cooke’s place as only the second solo female to hit No.1 at Country radio this year.

Over the weekend, the rising country singer/songwriter shared the good news across social media using a sentimental video. Starting with its position at No. 30, she began snapping brief clips with family, friends and members of her team in various locations to document the song’s rise up the mediabase charts until it reached the very top spot. 

At the very end of the video, Cooke earns plenty of warm congratulatory hugs from the people who have been with her through all hard work, late nights and long travel days it took to achieve such a well-deserved career milestone. 

Taking a moment to reflect on her latest achievement, Cooke said, “seeing my name at the top of today’s chart… man, if only you could’ve been a fly on the wall for every moment leading up to it. the smokey bars, the alarms before the sun on 2 hours of sleep, 3+ cities/radio stations a day, less than 12 hours at home in between radio tour and regular tour, the exhaustion, the laughter, making home in Hampton Inns, the rental car conversations.. the best moments with the best people.”

She went on to say that for her, one of the best parts about being an emerging country star is having the opportunity to celebrate the big moments like this with the people who have supported her every step of the way.  

“my favorite thing about this career is getting to enjoy the mountain top with the people you fought through the climb with and I’d place my bet on the @bigloud promo team every time. the best team and the greatest friendships we’ve built on the road to this first time ringing the bell.”

Cooke closed out her heartfelt message with some words of gratitude. 

“thank you to every single person who’s had a hand in getting this thing up the chart. and of course… THANK YOU COUNTRY RADIO!! 🔔📻”

Officially Impacted Airwaves In December 2023

“Your Place” was co-penned by Cooke with Jordan Minton and Mark Trussell and appears her 2023 debut albumShot in the Dark. Out of all the 24 tracks, Cooke revealed that this one was not originally chosen as a single, but after getting an overwhelmingly positive response from fans during her live shows, sending it to country radio was an easy decision. So on December 11, “Your Place” commanded the airwaves of 71 first-week stations and became the third most-added.

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While Cooke’s powerful vocals have had a big impact on the song’s appeal, its the message she conveys that has truly drawn in listeners. She offers a heavy dose of strength and resilience while detailing the aftermath of finally finding the courage to walk away from a relationship that was no longer serving her. 

Demonstrating Self-Empowerment Within The Storyline

She opens the chorus by speaking directly to her ex, letting him know he no longer has any right to know how she’s doing, who she’s been spending time with or hitting her up in the middle of the night when he’s drunk and missing her. Cooke then proceeds to use the title in a more physical sense as she sings, “You don’t get to care where I’m waking up these days/ It ain’t your place.”

“For me, being in that toxic relationship my whole young adult life, it was something for me to say, ‘no, I know my worth, I have my power, and I’m not going to put up with your bullsh**, to be completely honest,’” Cooke told Country Now while sharing the inspiration behind the song. “So it was kind of my reclaiming my power song…It’s really fun to get to see people at shows who are saying the same thing. They got out of a bad relationship or a cheating relationship, and they feel like that’s their answer, too. So, that’s kind of where it all started from.”

Ashley Cooke; Photo by Brayln Kelly
Ashley Cooke; Photo by Brayln Kelly

Ashley Cooke is currently on the road, showcasing her first-ever No. 1 to live audiences at various fairs and festivals before rejoining Jordan Davis on the road as a special guest on his Damn Good Time World Tour 2024 in July. She will also be opening for Parker McCollum and Cole Swindell on select dates throughout the year. 

Recently, she teamed up with country rocker Brantley Gilbert on the breakup anthem, “Over When We’re Sober.”

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.